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Motorcycle driver killed in crash with car near Laurel

Motorcycle driver killed in crash with car near Laurel

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One man is dead and another is in custody as the result of a crash between a car and a motorcycle early Saturday near Laurel.

Daniel Oltrogge, 40, of Billings, died when the motorcycle he was driving was struck by a passenger car on Old Highway 10 East near East Maryland Lane, according to Laurel police.

His identity was released on Saturday afternoon by Yellowstone County Deputy Coroner Chad Fehr.

Officers, who received a 911 call at 12:43 a.m. reporting the crash, found Oltrogge lying on the road and began CPR. Responders from the Laurel Volunteer Ambulance service arrived and pronounced him dead, Laurel police said in a news release.

The driver of the suspect vehicle, a 2003 Honda Accord, fled the scene before officers arrived. At about 7 a.m., an officer located the Accord at an address on Grizzly Trail in Laurel. It was impounded and officers applied for a search warrant.

Fifteen minutes later, a call came into the department from the Yellowstone County jail that a man, Tanner J. Reichert, 22, had turned himself in for a hit-and-run accident in Laurel. Officer Fred Gregory interviewed Reichert at the jail and then charged him with vehicular homicide, felony tampering with evidence, felony failure to remain at an accident scene where a person is seriously injured or killed and a seat belt violation.

Excessive speed is a factor in the crash, police said, noting that the speed limit on the road is 60 mph.

Laurel police, who are continuing the investigation, were assisted by the Montana Highway Patrol, Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office and Laurel Volunteer Fire Department.

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